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Harrassment and Discrimination


At all times Smart Academy will provide an environment that is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination (including victimisation and bullying) so that that staff and students feel valued, respected and are treated fairly.

The purpose of this policy is to:
  • confirm Smart Academy commitment to providing a non-threatening workplace free of harassment and discrimination, including victimisation and bullying; 
  • ensure that all of our staff understand their roles and responsibilities in creating such a workplace; and 
  • ensure all of our staff is aware of the processes and procedures for addressing any form of harassment or discrimination by the complaints, grievances and appeals process.

Definitions

Bullying

is unwelcome and offensive behaviour that intimidates, humiliates and/or undermines a person or group. Bullying involves a persistent pattern of behaviour over a period time and may include verbal abuse, physical assault, unjustified criticism, sarcasm, insults, spreading false or malicious rumours about someone, isolating or ignoring a person, putting people under unnecessary pressure with overwork or impossible deadlines, and sabotaging someone's work or their ability to do their job by not providing them with vital information and resources.

Confidentiality

Refers to information kept in trust and divulged only to those who need to know.

Critical Incident

a traumatic event where: physical safety or life is threatened such as rape, personal assault, an armed robbery, hostage situation, act of violence, accident, natural disaster or suicide.

Discrimination

is treating someone unfairly or unequally simply because they belong to a group or category of people. Equal opportunity laws prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, family responsibility, family status, race, religious beliefs, political conviction, gender history, impairment, age or sexual orientation. Victimisation is also treated as another ground of discrimination.

Harassment

is any unwelcome and uninvited comment or action that results in a person being intimidated, offended, humiliated or embarrassed. Equal opportunity laws prohibit harassment on the grounds of sex and race.

Personnel

refers to all employees and students of the Smart Academy. 

Racial Harassment

occurs when a person is threatened, abused, insulted or taunted in relation to their 
  • race, 
  • descent or nationality, 
  • colour, 
  • language,
  • ethnic origin, or 
  • a racial characteristic. 
It may include 
  • derogatory remarks, 
  • innuendo and slur, 
  • intolerance, 
  • mimicry or mockery, 
  • displays of material prejudicial to a particular race, 
  • racial jokes, 
  • allocating least favourable jobs or assignments or
  • singling out for unfair treatment. 

Sexual Harassment

is any verbal or physical sexual conduct that is unwelcome and uninvited. It may include kissing, embracing, patting, pinching, touching, leering or gestures, questions about a person's private or sexual life, requests for sexual favours, smutty jokes, telephone calls, emails, facsimiles or messages, offensive noises or displays of sexually graphic or suggestive material.

Victimisation

includes any unfavourable treatment of a person as a result of their involvement in an equal opportunity complaint. Unfavourable treatment could include: adverse changes to the work environment; denial of access to resources or work.

Specific Principles

  • all staff and students have a right to study and work in an environment free of any form of harassment and discrimination;
  • all reports of harassment and discrimination will be treated seriously, impartially and sensitively. harassment and discrimination, including victimisation and bullying, is unwelcome, uninvited and unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated;
  • when management is informed of any harassment or discrimination has the responsibility to take immediate and appropriate action to address it;
  • in dealing with all complaints, the rights of all individuals should be respected and confidentiality maintained;
  • whenever possible, all complaints should be resolved by a process of discussion, cooperation and conciliation. the aim is to achieve an acceptable outcome while minimising any potential damage to our organisation;
  • both the person making the complaint, and the person against whom the complaint has been made, will receive information, support and assistance in resolving the issue;
  • victimisation is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. no person making a complaint, or assisting in the investigation of a complaint, should be victimised;
  • harassment or discrimination should not be confused with legitimate comment and advice (including feedback) given appropriately by management or trainers; and
  • staff and students should not make any frivolous or malicious complaints. all staff and students are expected to participate in the complaint resolution process in good faith.